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Two Towns Shortlisted for FEMA Millions

Grimes and Belvedere were the only two northern California towns that FEMA shortlisted this year for flood prevention funding. But flood protection is often more easily planned than done.

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Two Towns Shortlisted for FEMA Millions

Grimes and Belvedere were the only two northern California towns that FEMA shortlisted this year for flood prevention funding. But flood protection is often more easily planned than done.

San Mateo County Pieces Falling Into Place

A plan to protect SFO could become a critical link in a chain of resilience projects along the San Mateo County bayshore. But projects that cross jurisdictional borders, get complicated.

Excerpts from ClimateCraft Student Reporting Contest

KneeDeep announces honorable mention submissions from ClimateCraft 2022, our college student climate reporting contest.

Am I A Climate Refugee?

We moved to Washington to be free of the smoke, but apparently we can’t escape climate change.

North Fair Oaks Residents Create Clean Air Refuges

When he purchased a house, Ever Rodriguez noticed how North Fair Oaks differed from surrounding areas. “We don’t have the same infrastructure or services as in Menlo Park.”

Q&A: National Conference, Local Take-Homes

More than 800 climate adaptation professionals went to the national forum in October. KneeDeep asked attendees from the Bay Area for their takeaways.

Post-Election Review of Climate Results

The 2022 midterm election saw the passage of various measures throughout the Bay Area to advance California’s climate goals.

California Reeling: When Mudslides Follow Wildfires

Curtis Skene experienced loss and adaptation first hand after the deadly Montecito mudslide in 2018. The slide was triggered by a cascade of extreme events and climate change heightens the risk they will converge again.

Wishing Climate Change Wasn’t Trendy

Carolina Raciti, San Francisco

Reflecting on Resilience

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One Hour Walk, 33 Signs of Resilience

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto,
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Sonoma Taps Undeveloped Land in Climate Fight

This fall, Sonoma County officially enlisted its abundance of undeveloped lands in the fight to adapt to climate change. Last month, the county approved a “Climate Resilient Lands” strategy.

Teaching to Weather the Storms Within

Between gasping sobs, a boy in a viral video explains that he’s upset because of climate change. San Mateo county’s education office is trying to help.

Could Textured Tiles Bring SF Seawall to Life?

Buried in the blueprints for a refurbished San Francisco seawall is a cutting-edge experiment in texturing pieces of this buttress against sea level rise so they attract native species.

Flipping the Switch on All-Electric Housing

An East Palo Alto affordable housing project is at the forefront of a trend cities across California are trying to encourage: switching from natural gas appliances to electric ones. But the transition isn’t without headaches.

Is Weed Greener Indoors or Out?

Although cannabis has a reputation as an environmentally-friendly plant, indoor cannabis cultivation demands significant energy to maintain precise light and temperature requirements. Last year, Colorado State researchers published the first study on the topic.

Warren Logan’s Fight for Safer Streets

Warren Logan is confident that if we fight for safer streets, we can have them. “In Oakland you are more likely to be hit by a car than cancer or a stray bullet,” he says.

Roaming Sacramento During the Hottest Week Ever

My sister and I joke that any temperature above 75 is too hot to leave the house. But I decided to venture outside during the heat wave after Labor Day to see how the people of Sacramento were faring.

Oakland Tailors Resilience Hubs to Neighborhood Needs

Faced with a health crisis, or stifling heat or smoke, most people will go somewhere familiar for help, a place they feel welcome. Oakland Chinatown’s Lincoln Center is that kind of safe haven, the perfect location for one of the city’s new “resilience hubs.”

Feathered Flames

Among the more well-known causes of wildfire — lightning, volcanic activity, neglected cigarettes, gender reveal parties gone awry — there remains a less notorious culprit: electrocuted birds.